The Ancient City of Firuzabad
We start our discovery in the Qal’eh Dokhtar, a hidden gem inside a mysterious mountain. We need to drive 100 km away from Shiraz to get there and it’s placed on the top of a mountain, 300 meters walking and climbing is also needed. Finally, you are standing in front of a buff-colored castle which still shows its magnificence and greatness to the visitors.
This is the first construction Ardeshir, the founder of Sassanid dynasty, built. We step on a staircase which is the entrance way to the castle. Inside, you can see different stairs which connect rooms to each other. When you observe gorgeous carvings and high vaulted roofs you will be inspired by architectural development of that time. The castle is made of stone and plaster and consists of 3 main floors.
There’s still another palace waiting for us. It’s one of the most glorious buildings of the Sassanid era called Ardeshir Babakan Palace and when you talk under its high vaulted roofs, your voice reflects amazingly. The exquisite decorations in the halls around can be compared to Persepolis. In the east side of the palace, you may notice a fire temple, that was a place for Zoroastrians to pray.
After visiting all these archaeological sites, let’s relax in a sprightly flourish valley called Tange Kheqe in the south-east of Firouz Abad. When you look around, some tents might engage your attention. These belong to nomadic tribes who live in the same region. You can buy their products and get familiar with their intriguing lifestyle.
Our last destination in this tour is an ancient city called Firouz Abad. They used to call it Ardeshir Khoreh in the past and it’s one of the first round-shaped cities in the world. As you enter the city, you will see a minaret right in the center, which was a symbol of kingdom power. In this city, you can also observe other Sassanid heritages like Persia’s oldest observatory.
If you’ve got excited by this adventurous trip till now, you should know that’s not all about it, there are a lot more to discover and learn. A trip to the old Persia and getting familiar with its people is definitely both fun and educational.